Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets…and Lola wants to bring burlesque to Colorado, in a big way.
The First Annual Colorado Burlesque Festival debuts July 8 in Denver, with nearly 60 performances over four days including a Burlesque and Comedy extravaganza, a VIP evening, a main event, and a brunch, all hosted at The Curtis in downtown Denver. The event is organized by local burlesque queens Lola Spitfire, Honey Touche’, Fannie Spankings and Midnite Martini.
Spitfire, who resides in Colorado Springs, has a long history in the burlesque world, including founding the first and only burlesque, “boylesque,” vaudevillian variety troupe in southern Colorado — Peaks and Pasties. Despite being a regular performer in the Denver area with no shortage of available venues and recognition for her performances, Spitfire wanted to do something bigger and broader for other performers as well as herself.
“The idea of the festival was to bring recognition to the amazing burlesque, boylesque, vaudeville, variety, circus, drag and aerial performers in Colorado and to invite these same type of incredible performers to
Colorado for our locals to experience this internationally acclaimed entertainment,” she says.
Burlesque has seen a huge resurgence in the last several years, with most major cities hosting several performance groups. It’s fair to say it shows no signs of dwindling any time soon. Not that this surprises Spitfire.
“Burlesque has been around since the late 1800′s and the revival of the new burlesque has been around since the early 1990′s. This is not a trend, it’s a life style… it’s an undying form of entertainment.”
Her influences reflect the long rich history of the art, including Satan’s Angel, Blaze Starr, Dixie Evans, Julie Atlas Muz, and Indigo Blue. Satan’s Angel, The “Queen of the Fire Tassels,” began dancing in 1961, retired in 1985…and came out of retirement in 2002. What better illustration that burlesque is an art that simply will not wither away. And transcends age, as well as size, gender and about any other classification or label you can try to place on it.
“Burlesque is growing and changing as we speak,” says Spitfire. “There is no limit to what you can do, it’s a creative dream come true. Burlesque will continue to blow our minds for years to come!”
The festival kicks off July 8 with Naughty Pierre’s Burlesque and Comedy Extravaganza at Lannies Clocktower Cabaret. Friday is a special VIP night, also at Lannies, then Saturday is the main event at Gothic Theatre, with over 30 performers scheduled that evening alone. Those who stay through Sunday can enjoy a pool party and merchandise bazaar at Wynkoop Brewery.
For Spitfire, finally bringing this event together is a dream come true.
“It’s exhilarating. I am blessed to be working with the best gals in the business. It’s exciting to produce and exciting to perform with such amazing talent. It’s going to be one helluva show!”
For ticket info and full details, visit www.blendyourlife.com/CBF/index.html.
It’s always a tough transition for any band to have personnel changes, but in a small genre like psychobilly, it’s more like a change in the family. A creative divorce, if you will, that not only shakes up the band, but the fans as well. Psychobilly is a scene where everyone knows everyone, and where fans and bands mix together, and fans become more friends than fans.
So when Tommy Koffin, co-founding guitarist of Detroit’s Koffin Kats stepped down after seven years of nearly non stop touring for personal reasons, many fans were shocked. But, as they say, the show must go on, and Vic Victor and E-Ball Walls tapped Ends in Tragedy guitarist EZ Ian to fill the void. And a big void it is to fill.
The band has been feverishly rehearsing for the last month to prepare for another grueling tour of the US and Europe, and EZ Ian sat down to answer a few questions between the rehearsing and preparing for his first tour with the band.
DP: So, how did you end up getting the gig as the new guitar player for the Koffin Kats?
EZI: Well Ends In Tragedy opened for the Kats about five years ago in Texas, I believe, and we immediately became good bros. We kept in touch and played together alot more. And I guess When Tommy left the guys asked him how he felt about me stepping in, he thought I’d be perfect which was a huge compliment for me …and here we are.
DP: How did the guys in Ends in Tragedy react when you gave them the news?
EZI: Ah that was fun, the guys definitely understood the opportunity I was getting and were all supportive for sure. But, Ends in Tragedy is making a bit of ground too and they didn’t want to lose it. Neither did I. We’re working it out though just splitting time between both projects.
DP: Now, you’re still based in New Mexico, right? How are you going to juggle your life there, having a band here, and living on the road?
EZI: Lots of planning ahead! I’ll fly out here before every tour to rehearse and record. Then go home work with Ends in Tragedy, see my family, my girlfriend. Just do what I have to do really.
DP: What’s the most intimidating thing about joining the Koffin Kats?
EZI: Thats easy, Tommy left some huge shoes to fill. He’s a great guitar player and probably the most lovable dirtbag I’ve ever met. Getting fans to accept me in his place is my biggest worry. Otherwise I’m more excited than anything.
DP: What are you doing this last week before you first show for final preparation?
EZI: Pretty much drinking, practicing, building our new bus, and drinking… pretty much.
DP: What are you most looking forward to as you hit the road with this new band?
EZI: It’s been a long time since I’ve toured the whole country, thats going to be awesome. Also getting to start writing with Vic and Eric is something I’m looking foward to for sure. Cheers!
For more info: The Koffin Kats tour launches March 13 at New York, New York, 33151 23 Mile Road, Chesterfield, Michigan. Show is 18+. Doors at 8pm, admission $10.